The Church of Hippo in the 21st Century
From the Office of the Bishop...
Brothers and Sisters, we have now, two tax revision proposals from each house of Congress. Neither one seeks a remedy in justice for a fair and progressive income tax for our country. Both Senate and especially the House version place a burden of a massive increase in the debt, for a tax break for companies and the wealthy, on the backs of the middle class. Further, to pay for this unjust redistribution of wealth for the top, social programs for those among us in most need will have to be cut.
The Word of God cautions us in the Book of Ecclesiastes (5:10),"whoever loves money never has enough, and whoever loves wealth is never satisfied." This proposed tax reform panders to the most unjust and greed filled nature in our culture. We can and must do better for us all, especially hard working middle class families and the most vulnerable among us. I encourage all the faithful laity and clergy of the diocese and Order to let this message of justice and warning of greed be known to their lawmakers. Stand in opposition to these proposed tax reforms.
+Joseph Augustine, AIHM
Order of Augustinians of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Diocese of St. Thomas of Villanova Synodal Catholic Church
That Which We Are Gives Birth to That Which We Do...Building the City of God
The Diocese of St. Thomas of Villanova is a a local autonomous catholic church in the North East and Mid-Atlantic states supported by and constituted of the AIHM Order and diocesan priests and laity who wish to build up the Body of Christ in the spirit of the Augustinian Church exampled by St. Augustine and his Church in Hippo. These men and women share in the mission of the Order Church, under the protection of the Prior General/Bishop to build community in charity and hospitality, one in mind and heart, and bring the good news of peace and works of social justice to a world in need in example of St. Thomas of Villanova, the "Bishop to the poor."
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Augustine: Sermon 350A, 21